Let's leave aside the question of constitutionality (it's blatantly, obviously, completely unconstitutional, but that doesn't stop the Ruling Class anymore).
Let me jump on one of my favorite themes: no one in congress, no one in government, ever thinks more than one move ahead. They never think of unintended consequences of what they rule. What do you think would happen when a group is given this much power? How do you think the K-street lobbyists will respond?
By showering the most powerful group in the congress with money.
A friend of mine sent me this link to Maplight.org showing political contributions to this group as of last week (8/15).
The top table sums to 105.63 Million dollars spread around the 12 members of congress given these plum jobs. Note these are just the top 10 contributions, not the total. Based on how gradually the line items are decreasing, I suspect there's at least another $20-30 Million. Note who's contributing: Lawyers/Law firms would include lobbyists; Securities&Investment would be "Wall Street". Do you think Club for Growth will agree with Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup? They contributed more than either, but not both. Do you think the pro-abortion EMILY's list will agree with General Electric?
Top 10 Industry Contributors to Super Committee Members (PACs and Employees)
Top 10 Organization Contributors (PACs and Employees) to Super Committee Members
Industry Totals Lawyers/Law Firms $31,529,149 Securities & Investment $11,221,416 Democratic/Liberal $9,647,264 Health Professionals $9,321,588 Real Estate $8,793,350 Education $8,568,460 Misc. Business $7,902,021 Business Services $6,563,524 Women's Issues $6,396,728 Insurance $5,693,595
NOTE: The Club for Growth's and EMILY's List's total also includes contributions from its members.
Organizations Totals Club for Growth* $1,008,884 Microsoft Corp. $810,100 University of California $629,495 EMILY's List* $594,883 Goldman Sachs $592,684 Citigroup Inc. $561,081 JPMorgan Chase & Co. $494,316 Bank of America $349,566 Skadden, Arps, et al. $347,356 General Electric $340,935
Perhaps they did think more than one step ahead. Perhaps they created this super congress so that a selected group could get stinkin' rich on lobbyist money. Do ya think?
As TJIC used to say, Rope.
Or: Tree. Rope. Some assembly required.ReplyDelete